a certain

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a certain

1 used to refer to a quality that is noticed but that is difficult to explain or describe
  • She has a certain elegance about her.
  • The house has a certain charm.
2 formal used with the name of a person one does not know
  • In 1889, a certain Mr. Kelly made a large donation to the church.

Word by Word Definitions

certain play
  1. : fixed, settled

  2. : of a specific but unspecified character, quantity, or degree

  3. : dependable, reliable

  1. : certain ones


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